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Sedgwick County Inmates Seek $20 Million


Inmates in the Sedgwick County jail who allege they were sexually assaulted by a deputy are seeking $20 million from the county.

Attorneys for the inmates filed two notices of claims with the county commissioners.

Prosecutors allege that six inmates were assaulted by a jail deputy, 21-year-old David Kendall, who resigned in late June. Kendall faces 12 charges, including aggravated criminal sodomy and misdemeanor sexual battery.

It wasn’t clear how many inmates are included in the claims because the county redacted the names from the notices.

The inmates allege Sheriff Robert Hinshaw was negligent for retaining Kendall even after receiving reports that the deputy engaged in illegal sexual conduct with an inmate.

Hinshaw said he could not comment because of the ongoing investigations.